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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 122

The daily beer painting is of Deschutes Brewing Company’s Hop Henge Experimental IPA.  This beer has been a favorite of mine as long as Deschutes has been brewing it.  It was originally named Imperial IPA when it first came out in January 2007, then the name was changed in 2009 to Experimental IPA when the brewers started using different hops.  Heavy on the Centennial and Cascade hops, this beer comes in with serious bitterness at 99 IBUs.  Also, hold onto your hats!  An 8.8% alcohol content means don’t use your chainsaw or any other power tools after imbibing this particular brew.  And 504 calories per 22 oz serving means you better hit the gym, or at least a pre-beer run.  I have to run for 5 miles to burn off that many beer calories!

Cheers to Deschutes, one of my favorite breweries!  Bend, Oregon how many breweries do you need?!  Last time I checked you had one brewery per 10,000 people and new breweries were springing up left and right!  Way to go! Leading the pack of some of the best beer in the world!

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.

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Beer Painting of Hop Henge Experimental IPA by Deschutes Brewing Year of Beer Paintings

Year of Beer 05.02. Hop Henge Experimental IPA by Deschutes Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 72

Step into “The Abyss”, by Deschutes Brewery.  If you read my earlier blog post about Obsidian Stout, then you know the history of Deschutes Brewery and about the awards Obsidian Stout won.  I have always liked both stout and Deschutes Brewery, but when I brought home the Abyss, I was blown away!  This is the drunk uncle of the Obsidian.  Six percent of the brew is aged in oak bourbon barrels, 11% in oak barrels, and 11% in Pinot Noir barrels.  Molasses, licorice and Cherry bark all work together to make this incredibly smooth, rich brew that smells, tastes, and looks like it was made for royalty.  Not surprisingly, this brew has won copious awards for Imperial Stout, and has the coveted rating of 100 (world-class) on BeerAdvocate.  I haven’t seen many beers with that perfect score.  The label on this 2013 batch says the beer will be best after 8-16-2014, so I’m looking forward to trying this year’s batch with my wife on our 11th wedding anniversary at the end of August.  I am sure it will be as good as advertised, and worth the wait.  Part of the fun is having a bottle in the cellar saved for a special occasion, or a rainy day.

To cellared big beers, ones worth saving, and worth the expense!  To that feeling of opening a bottle after knowing there are only a few bottles left as special as the one you are about to consume!

You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy Shop.

Year of Beer 03.13. The Abyss Stout by Deschutes Brewery. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 03.13. The Abyss Stout by Deschutes Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.

Year of Beer Paintings – Day 69

The daily beer painting is of Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery.  Deschutes was conceived by Gary Fish, owner and operator, in 1988 in downtown Bend, Oregon, only one year after I moved to Alaska.  The first year, the brewery only produced 330 barrels of beer.  As of 2012, it is the fifth largest craft brewery, and the twelfth largest brewery in the nation.  I might mention that all Deschutes products are vegan and non GMO.

Obsidian Stout is as black as the lava rock it is named for.  It is a bold rich brew, with flavors of coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, black barley, and some hop bitterness as well.  It has a world class beer ranking of 94% approval on Beer Advocate.  Anything over 90% is an amazing rating.  It is also an award-winning beer, taking many awards just last year including World’s Best Stout at the World Beer Awards!  This has been one of my favorites ever since I tasted my first drop!

To the little Bend brewery growing into a mega, popular, world-famous producer of great beers!  I hop everybody has a chance to taste the best stout in the world!

The original oil painting sold.  You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy Shop.
Year of Beer 03.10. Obsidian Stout by Deschutes Brewery. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 03.10. Obsidian Stout by Deschutes Brewery. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.